Millennials are health- and money-conscious, so vodka is a great beverage choice since it lets them enjoy their alcohol inexpensively and without too many calories. The methodology holds up because, according to a report from Marketing Charts, one out of every three Millennials chooses vodka over any other liquor. Among cocktails starring the spirit, Moscow Mules and gimlets are having a moment. Luckily, these and other vodka drinks are easy to make. These seven simple recipes are sure to impress your friends.
1. Moscow Mule
First up is the Moscow Mule, which comes to us from Epicurious. The copper mug has become a mainstay at Millennials’ social gatherings, and the drink inside the mug couldn’t be easier to make. It’s a combination of only three ingredients: lime juice, vodka, and ginger beer. Add some ice and you’re ready to drink. Expecting a crowd? This cocktail is easy to multiply.
- 1 half lime
- 2 ounces vodka
- 4 to 6 ounces ginger beer
Directions: Squeeze lime into a Collins glass or copper mug and drop in half lime. Add two or three large ice cubes, then pour in the vodka and fill with cold ginger beer. Serve with a stirring rod.
2. Vodka Gimlet
The gimlet is also a popular choice among Millennials and with this recipe from Tablespoon, you can whip up your own vodka version at home. Once again, the cocktail is all about minimalism. For a more traditional rendition, you can swap out the vodka for gin.
- 1 ½ ounce gin or vodka
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- Ice cubes
- Lime wheel or lime zest for garnish, if desired
Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, lime and simple syrup. Shake rapidly for about 20 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Add desired garnish.
The Cosmopolitan has always been popular, which isn’t too surprising. It’s hard to resist this sweet, easy-to-drink cocktail. Since ordering them at a bar can quickly put a dent in your wallet, follow this formula from Inspired Taste. It teaches you how to make your Cosmopolitans at home with all the usual suspects: vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, lime juice, and ice.
- 2 ounces vodka
- ½ ounce triple sec
- ¾ ounce cranberry juice
- ¼ to ½ ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 (2-inch) orange peel or twist
Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice. Shake the cocktail shaker for about 30 seconds, or until well chilled. Then, strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with an orange peel or twist. Serve immediately.
4. Perfect Martini
Dare to master the vodka martini? If so, this recipe from Chowhound is for you. It calls for gin, which you can swap out for vodka, as well as vermouth, ice, and a lemon twist. Invest in some martini glasses so you can get the full experience at home. If you’re feeling fancy, serve some olives with your Martinis.
- 2 ounces gin or vodka
- 1 ounce dry vermouth
- Lemon twist, for garnish
- Green olive (optional)
Directions: Place a martini glass in the freezer to chill, 10 minutes or longer. Measure the gin or vodka and vermouth into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into the chilled martini glass. Rub the rim of the glass with the lemon twist, drop it into the martini, and serve.
5. Bloody Mary
Up next is the drink you can enjoy any time of day: the Bloody Mary. The next time you’re hosting breakfast or brunch at your home, make this Bloody Mary recipe from Martha Stewart. The recipe serves 6 and as long as you have tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, vodka, and hot sauce, there’s no reason you can’t make one to rival an restaurant’s.
- 4 cups tomato juice
- Juice of 2 large lemons
- 1 to 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 heaping tablespoon prepared horseradish
- 1 ½ cloves garlic, passed through a garlic press
- 2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon hot sauce
- Vodka, to taste
- Lemon wedges, for serving
Directions: Place tomato juice in a large container with a tight-fitting lid. Add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, garlic, pepper, and hot sauce; shake vigorously. Taste, and adjust for seasoning.
Pour one part vodka and three parts Bloody Mary mix over ice in a shaker. Shake well. Pour into glasses. Squeeze a wedge of lemon over drink, but don’t stir, then discard used wedge. Garnish with a large stick of celery and a large lemon wedge.
6. Vodka Mojito
Most people think mojitos are only made with gin, but they can be spiked with vodka, too. This version from Giada DeLaurentiis, featured on Food Network, teaches you how. The formula also shows you how to make homemade mint simple syrup, and it couldn’t be easier. Take that simple syrup and spike it with vodka, lime juice, and club soda, and you have a refreshing summer drink. This recipe serves 4.
- 1 ½ cups mint simple syrup, recipe follows
- 1 cup vodka, chilled
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice (from 2 to 3 large limes)
- 1 cup club soda, chilled
- Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
Mint Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 packed cup fresh mint leaves
Directions: In a pitcher, combine the simple syrup, vodka, lime juice, and club soda. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with mint sprigs.
For Mint Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine the sugar, water, and mint leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool for 20 minutes. Strain before using, pressing on the mint leaves to extract as much syrup as possible.
7. Vodka Thyme Lemonade
For something summery and refreshing, you’re going to want to try your hand at this spiked lemonade with a bit of thyme from Food & Wine. It’s more sophisticated than the standard, but still fun. To make your own flavored syrup, simply add a few lemon twists and thyme sprigs to a basic simple syrup over the stove, then let everything steep. Once the mixture is cool, you’re ready to get shaking.
- 4 lemon wedges
- Superfine sugar
- 2 ounces citrus vodka
- 1 ounce chilled club soda
- 1 lemon thyme sprig
- 2 ounces Lemon-Thyme Syrup
Directions: Moisten the outer rim of a highball glass with 1 lemon wedge and coat lightly with superfine sugar. Add ice to the glass. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the remaining three lemon wedges with the lemon-thyme Syrup. Add ice and the vodka and shake well. Stir in the club soda. Strain the drink into the prepared highball glass and garnish with the lemon thyme sprig.